The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrating its 30th anniversary today, is has led to remarkable strides but not complete success, UNICEF reports.
The under-5 mortality rate is down 60% worldwide, but the poorest children are still 2X as likely to die of preventable causes, according to a report released today by the Joining Forces coalition.
Despite these glaring gaps, just a handful of nations have accepted the UN’s invitation to double down on their commitment to children’s rights, ReliefWeb reports.
Some factors holding back progress:
- Most countries spend well under the 5-6% of GDP required to lock in essential health services.
- There’s also a lot of bad data, forcing countries to rely on averages that don’t home in on children’s specific needs.